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India successfully test fires Subsonic Cruise Missile Nirbhay

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India successfully test fires Subsonic Cruise Missile Nirbhay
15 April, 2019
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) created a new milestone on Monday when it successfully test fired its first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay'.

The 1,000-km range missile was fired for a shorter range from a launch pad from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district. 

Describing the trial "successful", they said the missile, which is capable of loitering and cruising at 0.7 Mach at altitude as low as 100 metre, covered the designated target range in 42 minutes and 23 seconds.  

Indigenously developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), the Nirbhay missile can carry warheads of up to 300 kg.  Nirbhay was tracked with the help of ground-based radars and other parameters were monitored by indigenous telemetry stations developed by DRDO. The missile test was conducted in a phased manner.

"The missile majestically cruised and covered its given range," they said, adding that it was tracked with the help of ground-based radars and other parameters were monitored by indigenous telemetry stations developed by DRDO. 

The last successful trial of 'Nirbhay' cruise missile was conducted on November 7, 2017.

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